Management and Leadership
Are you the first to step up when a leader is needed? Do you inspire others to do their best? Or are you a thoughtful and strategic problem-solver? The Management and Leadership major is ideal for students looking to enhance their natural talents with skills valued in virtually every field. In this major, you will enhance your capacity to lead, as you develop management, problem-solving, team-based, and ethical decision-making skills. You’ll apply what you learn on-campus in leadership roles and through experiential learning opportunities.
Why Choose Management and Leadership?
Twenty-first century businesses, whether for-profit or nonprofit organizations, need individuals who can inspire and motivate others; make key decisions that positively influence the long-term health of the company; and solve problems quickly, efficiently, and appropriately. Leaders must also understand all facets of business from accounting to finance, marketing to analytics. With a BSBA degree from the College of Business and a major in Management and Leadership, you will have the wide-ranging business background and specialized skills to take on roles of authority. The University is accredited by AACSB International, the leading accrediting body for business schools worldwide.
What Will You Study?
You’ll learn to oversee people and projects in such courses as Human Resources Management and Project Management, and also study business law and the successful interpersonal skills used by managers. You’ll gain valuable experience through internships and participation in the Management Association or in our more than 70 clubs/organizations. Our students have opportunities to connect with executive mentors and alumni professionals, including through the capstone RealTest simulation event as a senior. To jumpstart your career, you may also pursue the Five-year Bachelor/MS in Organizational Leadership combined degree.
Skills in this major are highly transferrable, providing you with opportunities to work in any field that interests you. Our graduates are prepared to work in manufacturing, corporate business, banks, small businesses, public administration, sports, education, healthcare, government, retail, communications, the military, and many other fields. Recent alumni have been hired at MassMutual Financial Group, Bozzuto Real Estate Company, UTC Aerospace Systems, The Hanover, The Walt Disney Company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Aetna, and TEK systems.
Clubs & Organizations
Management and Leadership students may have interests in: Alpha Lambda Delta (First-year honor society), Alpha Kappa Psi (Professional business fraternity), Beta Gamma Sigma (Honor Society), and Management Association. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
A diverse group of professionals, our Management and Leadership faculty is focused on teaching and mentoring you. All members hold advanced degrees in accredited business majors from some of the finest colleges and universities. They are involved in research, provide consulting services to companies, publish in national journals, and present their work at regional and national meetings about leadership. Our faculty developed the area's Leadership Institute more than 30 years ago, which educates mid-level managers, and offers a Management Institute for area companies.
The best business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Western New England University is the only private institution in western Massachusetts accredited by AACSB International and among fewer than 5% of business schools in the world to hold this accreditation.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Internships and Field Work
This program offers a wide range of internship opportunities to match your specific areas of interest. We'll place you with the type of business or organization that suits you and enhances your marketability. Many times these internship experiences lead directly to employment opportunities. You'll choose from openings in the region's leading insurance providers, manufacturing, financial services, technology, retail, healthcare, communications, and other sectors. Students have interned at The MassMutual Center, Brooks Brothers, MGM Springfield, The Log Cabin/Delaney House, Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, Aspen Square Management, National Grid, The Hanover Insurance Group, The Springfield Mayors Office of Consumer Information, The United Way of Pioneer Valley, YPS of Greater Springfield, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
The SAP Certification Advantage
SAP, the Enterprise software, is part of our core Business Education of how today's Businesses are Run. SAP is used by companies such as SunPower for Talent Management, San Francisco 49ers to enhance fan experience, and Proctor & Gamble for Real-Time Analytics. Students receive SAP certification, which expands career options.
Study Abroad: View Business From a Global Perspective
Today’s competitive workforce needs business professionals who think from a global perspective. The College of Business will help you to become a student of world economies and cultures while making valuable contributions in your explorations. Whether you participate in a faculty-led summer seminar course or spend a semester at an international university, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.